Schools yet to comply with school bus painting directive

Financial constraints have rendered most schools in Tana River County unable to comply with the government’s directive to paint school buses yellow.

The County Director of Education, Gitonga Mbaka said only three schools in the County had complied with the directive, but expressed hope that the rest would do so as soon as they got funding.

To comply with the directive, a school would spend between Sh.324, 000 and Sh.384, 000, the director said.

I have so far seen three quotations, with the schools spending between Sh.324, 000 and Sh.384, 000 to paint the vehicles yellow as directed by the Ministry, Mr. Mbaka told journalists in an interview on Monday.

He said Ngao, Madogo and Garsen high schools had adhered to the directive while the rest, including private ones, were yet to do so.

At the same time, the director said officers from the Ministry Headquarters would tour schools in the County this week to assess use of infrastructure funds.

Meanwhile, the process registering learners under the National Educational Management Information System (NEMIS) was going on smoothly, although some had not yet acquired births certificates.

Mbaka said some of the schools had reported lack of codes but said he had reported the issue to the headquarters and hoped it would be addressed before the March 31 deadline.

Source: Kenya News Agency